Today I found new buds on my plants. One of those plants I had deemed a hopeless case a while back. The bare leaves had tough skin, shriveled and frozen in lifelessness, like it was enduring a long Narnian winter. It never seemed to enjoy the light in the house, or its’ water supply, no matter what amount it got. So I moved that little guy into the cozy shower window, and hoped for the best. It survived for a long time, but had completely plateaued, as in, stopped growing and just existed in its’ not-fully-dead-but-hanging-on-for-dear-life state. I never gave it too much thought, but almost started to believe, “maybe that plant is just like that, and that’s the way it will always be.” (Nevermind the fact that someone sorely lacked a green thumb)!
The week before last I decided enough with that idea. I was going to repot it (along with the other plant) and move it to another window sill. I started tending to it more, frequently watering the fresh soil, and paying close attention for change. And yes, I may have talked to it too, which I know sounds weird. But look it up, apparently it’s a thing. Well anyway, life started to course back into the plant and quickly! New buds are now forming and reminding me that there was always a chance for this plant. Life was there, it had always been there. It just needed the right things to grow into its’ potential and become healthy again. I couldn’t help but begin to see the parallels in my own life, mind, and heart. When the right things are pursued, received, believed, and acted on, there is growth. Even certain environments (our internal and external environments) are more conducive to healthy growth than others.
The growth of these plants literally thrilled me. After years of watching this plant sort of half alive and holding on- just barely surviving- I couldn’t believe the change, the responsiveness, the return of health and suppleness, and so quickly with the right things.
The right things… like plants, so it is with our lives. A.W. Tozer said, “as God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved at once.” I’ve chewed on this for a couple of years and prayed for this to be a reality, and I can say that the more I’ve sought to put Him first (the first right thing) and humbled myself to receive from Him, to really believe Him, and to add the right things to my life… the problems do start to get solved, the life does reappear or appear for the first time, and there is thrilling growth. Tozer was on to something. So let’s root ourselves deep down into the soil of His Word, His presence, His love, His body and His fellowship. For if we grow down into these right things, we will surely live out the right things, and grow up into His glorious likeness. I am praying “…that He would grant [us], according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith; that [we], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:14-21
“The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend everyday is to have my soul happy in the Lord.” -George Muller